Approved: 30.06.2008

Joanna Rojkowska

Artist, Art historian, Journalist

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Approved: 30.06.2008

Since 1995 I have been making series of mobile objects move by air movement. In these objects the real actors are light and air movement. I often feel I am only a viewer because the effects are unexpected and surprising. Contact with these objects resembles the observation of nature, and/or meditation, which was my source of inspiration. I give my objects independent existence because I want to encourage

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  • Location: St Albans, East
  • Activities: Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Lecturing, Art historical research, Workshops, Art therapy, Public art, Journalism, Critical writing, Visual arts consultancy, Film-making
 

Biography

Since 1995 I have been making series of mobile objects move by air movement. In these objects the real actors are light and air movement. I often feel I am only a viewer because the effects are unexpected and surprising. Contact with these objects resembles the observation of nature, and/or meditation, which was my source of inspiration. I give my objects independent existence because I want to encourage the viewer to meditate and discover the spectacle of light. Unlike the majority of works which can be taken in one glance, these objects need time to be understood, to be discovered. Very important for them is geometrical symbolism (almost totally neglected in contemporary art) which gives them the depth of meaning. During meditation the mind becomes sensitive to the slightest motions and starts registering phenomena which otherwise escape our attention. In the material world such an unnoticeable phenomenon is e.g. the two-dimensional reality, the reality of shadow and light, coexisting with three-dimensions but usually ignored as insignificant. Usually in art light appears only as a supplement. However, it is enough to concentrate on it to discover a world of amazing phenomena. The co-existence of two- and three-dimensional reality is a physical and scientific fact, whereas my inspirations are intuitional and spiritual. My objects seem to border on the intuitional and rational, spiritual and scientific. Humanists read them as a metaphor of the inner world, mathematicians – as a symbol of wave functions and multidimensionality. For me, they are objects of meditation– because of their symbolic layer (like in icons) and phenomenal nature (like the meditation of nature) but also because of inspiration. Both their geometry and the use of light, their departure from figurative representation and the materiality of canvas and paint places them in the sphere of evanescent and uncontrolled phenomena.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2011 - Art History, University of Cambridge , Advanced Diploma 1989 - Painting and Graphics Department, Academy of Fine Arts, MA, Lodz, Poland 1986 - Art Teaching Department , Teacher’s College, QTS, Wroclaw Solo exhibitions 2003 - Paintings and Objects, Poleski Center of Art, Lodz Group exhibitions 2012 - Journeys Through the Light, St Peter's Hungate, Norwich 2009 - Paper Under the Knife, Museum of Arts and Design, New York 2006 - Exhibiton of Saint George’s Artists Society, BWA gallery, Bielsko 2005 - Exhibition of Paintings (Raczkiewicz, Rojkowska, Szauer), Holiday Inn gallery, Wroclaw, Poland 2005 - Exhibition of Saint George's Artists Society, BWA gallery, Busko Zdroj, Poland 2005 - Exhibition of the Staff of the Third Age Academy of Fine Arts, Otwarta gallery, Wroclaw, Poland 2004 - Exhibiton of Saint George's Artists Society, Museum of History of Lodz City, Lodz, Poland 2000 - Exhibition of Saint George's Artists Society, Rentsch Polska Gallery, Lodz, Poland 1999 - Exhibition of Saint George's Artists Society, Center of Contemporary Art, Lodz, Poland 1998 - 2nd National Competition of Graphic Art, Museum of Vistula, Tczew, poland 1998 - National Exhibition of Painting, Music in Painting, Obok Gallery, Tychy 1995 - Students from Lodz , ASP Gallery, Cracow 1993 - 'Young Polish Graphic Art', Okno Gallery, Slubice, Frankfurt Live/Performance 2005 - The Day of Light , ALA High School gallery, Wroclaw, Poland Workshops 2004 - Workshops and Exhibition of Painting, U Jaksy gallery, Miechow Projects 2009 - Crosstalk Video Art Festival, Crosstalk, Budapest 2009 - EspacioEnter, Art Tech Media, Teneryfe 2005 - Golden Autumm, The Third Age Academy of Fine Arts (ASTW), Wroclaw 2005 - The Third Age Academy of Fine Arts, The Third Age Academy of Fine Arts (ASTW), Wroclaw Competitions, prizes and awards 2009 - Honorary Mention (category: film), International Competition AKT Marquardt Gallery, Lodz, Poland 1998 - Honorary Mention, National Polish Exhibition of Painting, Tychy Publications 2011 - Decxonstruction of Geometry, Deconstruction of Light? Interview with Peter Halley 2008 - Searching the roots.Symbols of geometrical figures in Byzantine icons and in abstract art in the XX 2007 - Biblical visions - Anselm Kiefer`s Jericho and Open Ground 2007 - Mediocrity on the top – report on modern art exhibition, Other 2004 - co- founder , Academy of Fine Arts for the Third Age (ASTW), Wroclaw 1997 - founding member , St. George’s Artists’ Society, Lodz